The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 374
Diana and Sarina visit a bookstore. Diana can’t find a copy of Steven’s book, but she does meet Blackwood Bob:|
Robert N. Stephenson, Uttuku
|Serial||New contributor Colin Lee Heintze introduces a tribe of telepaths for whom the paranormal ability is both a blessing and a curse: In the Valley of Hermits, part 1; part 2.|
New contributor John P. Cater sends black-suited agents to investigate an alien spaceship. It’s a boat. And it’s landed in a desert. But not to worry: it’s brought its own ocean with it: The High-Desert Incident.|
New contributor Nathaniel Fincham looks askance at cyborg prosthetics: Evolution, Inc., part 1; conclusion.
Careful about all that bottled-up rage. What goes around may come around: Channie Greenberg, Outcursed.
To jump or to fly? That is the question: Mark Kiewlak, Dreams About the Sky.
In a post-apocalypse world, healers are badly needed, and they must have strange talents: Antonio Bellomi, The Healer
New contributor Marc D. Ruvolo shows how even a couch potato may find himself at a cosmic conjuncture: Monkey Deity.
New contributor Liana Alaverdova, Inventory of Things Left Behind|
New contributor Verdandi Kuhlman, Forzando
Michael Lee Johnson, Nikki Purrs|
Marina J. Neary, The Lady in Yellow Chiffon
|Memoir||Bewildering Stories’ world correspondent recalls momentous times with Indian leaders: Bertil Falk, “In the Midst of Hell”|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Liana Alaverdova, Nathaniel Fincham, Colin Heintze, Verdandi Kuhlman, Marc D. Ruvolo, and Lydia Razran Stone.|
|Challenge||Challenge 374 says Penny Aforethought.|
|V. Ulea, About Angels (excerpt)|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day
Our Earth as Art
Bewildering Stories News
A confluence and a milestone: It wasn’t planned this way, it just happened. Issue 374 sets the record as our most multilingual to date. In addition to the usual English, it features stories and poems in Italian, Latin, Russian, and Swedish.
With the appearance of Liana Alaverdova’s , Bewildering Stories has finally published works in all five of the original official languages of the United Nations. Portuguese also has pride of place with short works by João Ventura in issues 232 and 248.
Latin holds the position of historical seniority, although we fondly recall Deep Bora’s quoting and sending an example of a passage in Sanskrit. If anyone would like to top that, a story or poem in Indo-European, ancient Egyptian or Sumerian would do. E-mail, as usual, please. Hardcopy, such as clay bricks and obelisks, should be shipped to our publisher, Jerry Wright, for special consideration.
What is the primordial human language? Don’t worry about it: we all speak it. It’s just taken on many different flavors and colors over countless millennia.
Randomly selected Bewildering motto:
Randomly selected classic rejection notice:
Bewildering Stories’ official mottoes:
“Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé
Ars longa, vita brevis. Rough translation: “Proofreading never ends.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
Copyright © February, 2010 by Bewildering Stories